I have to say that the Kindle is proving an excellent platform for discovering new authors. Having picked up You Wish by Terry Tyler as a freebie and loved it, I was keen to discover more by this author, and this book was an interesting one.
Nick and Ria are your average couple – married forever with two teenage daughters, they muddle along ok – until Nick announces he’s met the love of his life and moves out. The family are plunged into chaos, with Ria and older daughter Cat venting their anger and younger daughter Tara finding herself caught in the middle between her mother and sister, and the father she idolises. It doesn’t help that Nick’s new love Adrienne is a lot younger than him, and the best friend of his cousin. However, over time the family adjust to the new circumstances and start to rebuild their Iives – until a shocking event leaves them all changed forever.
Interspersed with the family drama is the story of a group of women who met on a Facebook fan page. They chat about their favourite TV show, Internet dating and their average lives. I couldn’t work out where this was going and what the point of this thread of the plot was – but then the women meet up for a weekend and all is revealed.
I have to say I didn’t think the sub-plot added anything to the story, in fact it made it seem a bit daft. If this had been left as a drama about a family overcoming adversity I feel it would have been a far stronger book. As it was it felt a bit trite and unrealistic, and the ending was a bit too saccharine sweet for me.
So an interesting read and I will look out for more by this author, but I didn’t think this was as good as it could have been.